Aylmerton Nature Diary

Christmas Day

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The water meadow in late afternoon sun – photo courtesy of Alex Moreton

I needed a walk out this afternoon, to work off the Christmas dinner. The mixed finch flock is still feeding on the track which leads up to Red Barn Lane. I counted 11 Chaffinch, two Yellowhammer and a couple of Bullfinch. The park was pretty quiet but looked lovely in the late afternoon sun. All the regular wildfowl were on the water meadow and the lake. At the former, it was a bit like Noah’s Ark, with two Mute Swan, two Canada Goose, two Egyptian Goose, two Wigeon and …. loads of Teal! On the lake all seemed present and correct – fifty + Gadwall, a dozen Tufted Duck, three Shoveler, female Pochard and a lone Coot. The Barn Owl was making the best of the mild dry weather, hunting over the rough grazing below the dam. There were more Bullfinch on my way back up The Street.

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